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Tommy McCabe Goes 29th Overall in 2019 MLS SuperDraft

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – University of Notre Dame men’s soccer midfielder Tommy McCabe has joined the ranks of Irish standouts to be drafted into MLS. McCabe was selected as the 29th overall pick (second round) by FC Cincinnati on Friday at the 2019 MLS SuperDraft in Chicago, Illinois.

The selection of McCabe extended the total number of Notre Dame MLS picks to 36 in program history (first selection came in 1997), including 23 players that have been chosen during the draft’s opening two rounds (10 in the first round). McCabe is the first Irish player to be selected by FC Cincinnati, as the club prepares to enter its inaugural MLS season in 2019.


With the 29th pick in the @MLS draft @fccincinnati selected Tommy McCabe! Congrats @tmccabe98 and best of luck to your professional career!#GoIrish

— ND Men’s Soccer (@NDMenSoccer) January 11, 2019

The midfielder was a field general from his defensive midfielder position for Notre Dame over his three seasons with the Irish. McCabe started 20 matches and earned caps in all 21 matches in the 2018 campaign. McCabe was a major contributor in the defensive efforts for the Irish, helping the team to nine clean sheets and 17 matches of allowing just one or no goals. McCabe also recorded two assists in 2018, including the final ball to Jack Lynn in the final seconds of the first overtime against Virginia in the NCAA Round of 16.

McCabe finishes his Irish career with 61 appearances over the course of three seasons at Notre Dame. The holding midfielder recorded four assists and helped the Irish reach the NCAA Championships in all three seasons.

Notre Dame All-Time MLS Draft Selections (since 1997)

2019 SuperDraft

Tommy McCabe (M)
FC Cincinnati – Second Round – 29th overall selection

2018 SuperDraft

Jon Gallagher (F)
Atlanta United FC – First Round – 14th overall selection

2017 SuperDraft

Brandon Aubrey (D)
Toronto FC – First Round – 21st overall selection

2016 SuperDraft

Max Lachowecki (D)
Real Salt Lake – Second Round – 25th overall selection 

Patrick Hodan (M)
San Jose Earthquakes – Second Round – 28th overall selection

Vince Cicciarelli (F)
Columbus Crew – Third Round – 60th overall selection

2015 SuperDraft

Nick Besler (M)
Portland Timbers – First Round – 5th overall selection 

2014 SuperDraft

Grant Van De Casteele (D)
Colorado Rapids – First Round – 19th overall selection

Harrison Shipp (F)
Was not drafted because he signed with the Chicago Fire as a Homegrown Player 

2013 SuperDraft

Ryan Finley (F)
Columbus Crew – First Round – 9th overall selection

Dillon Powers (M)
Colorado Rapids – First Round – 11th overall selection

2013 Supplemental Draft

Adam Mena (M)
Vancouver Whitecaps – First Round – 10th overall selection

Michael Rose (M)
Vancouver Whitecaps – First Round – 11th overall selection

2012 SuperDraft

Aaron Maund (D)
Toronto FC – First Round – 12th overall selection 

Brendan King (M)
Portland Timbers -Second Round – 27th overall selection

2012 Supplemental Draft

Greg Klazura (D) 
Vancouver Whitecaps – Second Round – 21st overall selection 

2011 SuperDraft

Jeb Brovsky (F/M)
Vancouver Whitecaps FC – Second Round – 19th overall selection 

Bilal Duckett (D)
Vancouver Whitecaps FC -Third Round – 37th overall selection 

Steven Perry (F)
New England Revolution – Third Round – 39th overall selection 

2011 Supplemental Draft

Philip Tuttle (G)
San Jose Earthquakes – Second Round – 33rd overall selection 

2010 SuperDraft

Bright Dike (F)
Columbus Crew – First Round – 12th overall selection 

Michael Thomas (M)
San Jose Earthquakes – Second Round – 19th overall selection 

Justin Morrow (D)
San Jose Earthquakes – Second Round – 28th overall selection 

2009 SuperDraft

Matt Besler (D)
Kansas City Wizards – First Round – 8th overall selection 

Jack Traynor (D)
New York Red Bulls – Second Round – 29th overall selection 

2008 SuperDraft

Ryan Miller (D)
Columbus Crew – Third Round – 31st overall selection 

Joseph Lapira (F)
Toronto FC – Third Round – 35th overall selection

2007 SuperDraft

Greg Dalby (M)
Colorado Rapids – Second Round – 17th overall selection 

Nate Norman (M)
Chicago Fire – Second Round – 21st overall selection 

2005 SuperDraft

Jack Stewart (D)
Chicago Fire – First Round – 10th overall selection 

Kevin Goldthwaite (M/D)
San Jose Earthquake – Second Round – 17th overall selection 

Chris Sawyer (G)
Kansas City Wizards – Second Round – 24th overall selection

2004 SuperDraft

Kevin Richards (D)
Colorado Rapids – Fourth Round – 35th overall selection 

Justin Detter (M/F)
Kansas City Wizards – Fifth Round – 47th overall selection 

1999 Supplemental Draft

Ryan Turner (F)
Kansas City – Second Round – 14th overall selection

1997 Supplemental Draft

Dan Stebbins (F)
Dallas – First Round – 4th overall selection